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Getting Braces as an Adult

Apr 27 / 2018

Getting braces as an adult can be just as intimidating as getting them as a teenager.

Getting braces as an adult can be just as intimidating as getting them as a teenager. But, instead of feeling self-conscious with braces on, your adult braces will actually bring you more confidence. How? We’ll tell you!

Poorly aligned teeth and uncorrected bites tend to lead to problems for adults. These problems can include jaw pain, gum disease, grinding of the teeth and headaches. Getting braces as an adult will align your teeth, making it easier to chew, bite and speak. Your headaches will go away too!

At Align Ortho, we’ve witnessed the confidence in adults who have experienced orthodontic treatment as an adult. They come into our downtown office asking the question “Should I get adult braces?” and the answer is always “YES” if teeth are healthy and it’s a want of theirs.  

If you’re unhappy with your teeth before braces, after your treatment, you’ll be ready to show your newly aligned smile. It will be the smile you’ve always dreamed of having, but never had until now.

Alternative to Braces for Adults

When many adults look into getting braces as an adult, they are worried about metal braces. We often hear about adults thinking metal braces will hurt their self-esteem and they are nervous to get this type of Orthodontic treatment.

We understand, but we’re here to tell you that self-confidence will not lower with braces. You should feel both proud and excited during treatment. You’re finally working on yourself and what you want to do to better your oral health! That’s incredibly fulfilling.

But, there are alternatives to braces for adults. These alternatives will be less noticeable to others and some may not even know you’re getting Orthodontic treatment! Make sure your treatment is the best treatment for you. Dr. James Scramstad at Align Ortho has several different orthodontic options for adults looking to fix their smiles.

Clear Braces


Clear braces are one of the first Orthodontic options we suggest when we have an adult asking “Should I get braces as an adult?”

Clear dental braces are of made from a translucent ceramic material and are practically invisible.  

They work the same way as metal braces do, and are most popular with our adult patients due to their aesthetic appeal. They are very discrete and most people won’t even notice you are wearing them. If you’re worried about metal braces, this option might be good for you!

Invisalign - “Invisible Braces”


The other popular option for getting braces as an adult is Invisalign.

Invisalign uses clear sets of medical grade aligners that are worn in a sequence to gradually shift your teeth into their proper positions.  

We rely on the latest 3D software to provide a series of clear, custom aligning trays that are worn for approximately 2 weeks at a time. Our innovative computer software can show you a visual journey and approximate timeline of how we will transform your smile.

Knowing what to expect and how your orthodontic treatment works can make it even more fun and exciting when it comes to monitoring your progress. You’ll feel even more confident with Invisalign because even though you wear them for 22 hours a day, they’re completely invisible and no one will notice that you’re wearing them. Aligning your teeth in secret, now that’s fun!

To read more information about Invisalign, read our article “How Does Invisalign Work: Invisalign FAQ”

The benefits of having a beautiful smile

Building confidence is a journey, but with the help of adult Orthodontic treatment, you will begin to see immediate results. Not only will you see results of your teeth straightening, but your higher level of confidence will be noticeable too.

Once your treatment is complete, you will have the smile you always dreamed about. You’ll experience improved oral health and your personal confidence will sky-rocket.

Say goodbye to closed-mouth smiles and laughing with your hand over your mouth. A great smile will change how others see you and most importantly, how you see yourself. 

A recent survey by the American Association of Orthodontists shows:

75 percent of participants reported they noticed improvements in career and personal relationships, which they said was a result of their post-Ortho smile.

71 percent of people who said they had concerns about their confidence and the look of braces said the concerns and feelings of low self-confidence stopped once treatment started.

Adult braces before and after


Who doesn’t love adult braces before and after picture? We love seeing the transformation that adult braces have on our clients. We see the confidence shift from when we take the before photo to when we take the after photo.

Here are some of our favourite before and after photos:




On the Road of Confidence

It’s never too late to improve your greatest asset – your smile.  Your new smile can begin today, and you don’t even need a referral from your dentist anymore.

At Align Ortho in Kelowna, we get a lot of adults reaching out to us about getting adult braces. We’re thrilled that so many people are interested in Adult Orthodontics.

It all starts with an initial consultation, where we will be able to determine the best possible treatment to meet your needs.  We will outline your treatment plan, the estimated length of treatment, and provide a written price quote and payment plan.

To get started on your new smile, which will, in turn, boost your confidence, contact us today.



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